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Casper Re-entry Center experiencing large COVID-19 outbreak

Casper re-entry center on Nov. 11
Casper re-entry center on Nov. 11(Bobbee Russell)
Published: Nov. 11, 2020 at 6:09 PM CST
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CASPER, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) - The GEO group confirmed there are 96 Wyoming Department of Corrections Residents and four staff members who tested positive for COVID-19.

An inmate at the Casper re-entry center who will remain anonymous said inmates there are not getting the correct care they need or supplies to stay safe.

“They’re not getting us cleaning supplies and we have big bags of trash in our rooms as we speak,” the inmate said.

The re-entry center is operated by the GEO Group Inc. They provided a statement sent in an email by Monica Hook, GEO Cares Communications VP:

"GEO Re-entry operates the Casper Residential Reentry Center on behalf of the Wyoming Department of Corrections (WDOC) and the Bureau of Prisons (BOP). GEO Re-entry is actively conducting mass testing and a total of 96 WDOC residents and four (4) staff members have tested positive for COVID-19. Nine residents and two staff members have completed a 14-day isolation effective yesterday, November 9, 2020.

Casper staff continue to work in collaboration with the Wyoming Department of Corrections, the Bureau of Prisons and Natrona County Health officials and will adhere to their guidance and recommendations regarding the facility. Staff have implemented and are following Centers for Disease Control (CDC) guidance for Management of Coronavirus in Correctional and Detention Facilities. We previously deployed and continue to provide personal protective equipment, including facemasks for all staff and residents at Casper and all the residential facilities we manage. Staff are also cleaning and disinfecting high-contact areas of the facility multiple times per day. We take our responsibility to ensure the health and safety of all those in our care, and our employees, with the utmost seriousness and we will continue to work with local, state and federal health officials to implement best practices for the prevention, assessment and management of COVID-19."

He says they want to be treated properly. “They should be taking care of us we should be getting medical care. We have COVID-19,” he said.

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